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Spring 2014

Flipped Classroom/Online Learning
Mary Murphy (Mathematics & Statistics)
Joseph O'Rourke, Associate Provost

The Blended/Online Learning Teaching Circle will examine the concept of "flipping" or "blending" course content and learning activities. We will discuss a variety of methods for taking first exposure to content outside the classroom, potentially freeing more class time for problem solving, group activities and other active learning.

Chris Aiken
Roger Blum
Darcy Buerkle
John Brady
Judy Cardell
Glenn Ellis
Chris Golé
Simon Halliday
Jeff Hunter
Kuei-Nuan Lin
Mary Murphy
Joseph O'Rourke
Al Rudnitsky
Kevin Shea
Dominique Thiebaut
Julianna Tymoczko
Hélène Visentin
Mary Murphy
Carrie Mowbray


Open Conversation

One potential topic suggested last year is writing letters of recommendation. We encourage you to discuss this and any other topics on your mind.


Diversity in the Curriculum

Dawn Fulton (French Studies)

This group will discuss strategies for promoting our students' awareness of how power and privilege function in society. We will exchange ideas on course development, mentoring, teaching approaches, and curricular planning to think about how to clarify and support the College's commitment to diversity in the classroom.

Yoosun Park
Kevin Quashie
Suzanne Zhang-Gottschang
Daphne Lamothe
Bill Peterson
Andrea Stone
Elizabeth Spelman
Lynne Yamamoto
Cristina Suarez


Design Thinking
Borjana Mikic (Engineering)

This group of faculty and staff from wide-ranging disciplines meets regularly to discuss the ways in which we develop 'design thinking' in our students; that is, the application of processes and methodologies associated with design to identifying, framing and solving problems (or creating experiences) in any domain or realm.

Chris Aiken
Pau Atela
Reid Bertone-Johnson
Taiga Ermansons
Andrew Guswa
Stacie Hagenbaugh
Angie Hauser
Susannah Howe
Eric Jensen
Ann Leone
Eitan Mendelowitz
Jim Middlebrook
Borjana Mikic
Sarah Moore
Kiki Smith
Vicky Spelman
Fraser Stables
Lynne Yamamoto

Innovative Pedagogies for Gateway Science Courses
Denise Lello (Mathematics and Statistics; Four College Biomathematics Consortium Coordinator)

This teaching circle continues a Smith science community conversation about incorporating new methodologies in the teaching of introductory science courses. We will share experiences with blended and flipped classrooms and course based research in intro classes and discuss challenges presented by the changes, including: how to alter assessment to reflect the different skill set; involving faculty from multiple departments and re-distributing teaching responsibilities; and integrating these courses with the existing curriculum and major requirements (e.g., in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Mathematics).

 

Fall 2013

Online Learning Teaching Circle
Joseph O'Rourke, Associate Provost

This is a forum to continue the campus-wide discussion surrounding online learning in all its guises. We expect to share experiences with employing technology in flipped or blended classes, to canvass possible goals for Smith's involvement in online learning, and to discuss routes to achieving those goals.

Participants:
Chris Aiken
Darcy Buerkle
Judy Cardell
Glenn Ellis
Chris Golé
Simon Halliday
Jeff Hunter
Joseph O'Rourke
Al Rudnitsky
Kevin Shea
Dominique Thiebaut
Hélèn Visentin

Flipped Classroom/Blended Learning
Mary Murphy (Mathematics & Statistics)

The Flipped Classroom Teaching Circle will examine the concept of "flipping" or "blending" course content and learning activities. We will discuss a variety of methods for taking first exposure to content outside the classroom, potentially freeing more class time for problem solving, group activities and other active learning.

Participants:
Mary Murphy
Jo Cannon
Rodger Blum
Carrie Mowbray
John Brady
Julianna Tymoczko
Kuei-Nuan Lin
Yalin Chen

Community-Based Learning/Research
Lucy Mule (Education & Child Studies; Faculty Co-director, Center for Community Collaboration)

This Teaching Circle is meant for those who teach (or are interested in teaching) community-based learning/research courses. CBL/R courses involve students in meaningful real-world activities that advance curricular goals while benefiting off-campus communities. Participants will explore broader issues related to CBL/R pedagogy and share pedagogical strategies with which they have experimented.

Participants:
Carrie Baker
Greg White
Rebecca Hovey
Ann Leone
Amanda Gilvin (MHC)
David Smith
Martha Ackelsberg
Tom Riddell
Martha Asckelsberg
Sujane Wu


Open Conversation

One potential topic suggested last year is writing letters of recommendation. We encourage you to discuss this and any other topics on your mind.


Multidisciplinary Inquiry Based Intro Science

Denise Lello (Mathematics and Statistics; Four College Biomathematics Consortium Coordinator)

HHMI has funded Smith to develop three new inquiry-based introductory science courses. These courses are designed as an experiment to test a model that uses participation in authentic research to engage students in the sciences. All three courses are multidisciplinary. This teaching circle continues a Smith science community conversation about: the challenge of balancing knowledge acquisition with understanding process and the design of inquiry; ways to alter assessment to reflect the different skill set; ways to involve faculty from multiple departments and re-distribute teaching responsibilities; and the potential for integrating these courses with the existing curriculum and major requirements (e.g., in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Mathematics).

Participants:
Bob Merritt
Bob Newton
Michael Barresi
Rob Dorit
Maria Bickar
Betsy Jamieson
Kate Queeney
Minh Ly
Patricia DiBartolo
David Smith
Danielle Ignace
Judith Wopereis
Chris White-Ziegler


Diversity in the Curriculum

Dawn Fulton (French Studies)

This group will discuss strategies for promoting our students' awareness of how power and privilege function in society. We will exchange ideas on course development, mentoring, teaching approaches, and curricular planning to think about how to clarify and support the College's commitment to diversity in the classroom.

Participants:
Kevin Quashie
Andrea Stone
Lynne Yamamoto
Daphne Lamothe
Suzanne Gottschang
Bill Peterson
Yoosun Park
Vicky Spelman
Laura Katz


Teaching Food and Sustainability
Drew Guswa (Engineering; Director, Center for the Environment)

As an interdisciplinary field about a familiar life necessity, teaching about food and food systems can open creative ways of learning about the social sciences, the sciences and the humanities. This Teaching Circle will allow participants to explore the challenges and possibilities of drawing on unfamiliar fields connected to food issues to enrich their courses or to develop a new course. 

The group will workshop a range of topics, including questions we're facing in our classrooms, ways our courses can cover cross-disciplinary materials with rigor and care, and developing discrete projects in our courses that illuminate course readings. The circle is open to anyone who has an interest in joining, whether you are teaching about food in your classes, want to develop a food-related component to an existing course, or want to create a new course. 

Participants:
Nola Reinhardt
Yoosun Park
Ann Leone
Barbara Brehm-Curtis
Ninian Stein
Joanne Benkley
Drew Guswa
Paul Wetzel
Students in the Environmental Concentration on Sustainable Food

 

Spring 2013

Teaching Food and Sustainability
Drew Guswa (Engineering, Center for the Environment)

As an interdisciplinary field about a familiar life necessity, teaching about food and food systems can open creative ways of learning about the social sciences, the sciences and the humanities. This teaching circle will allow participants to explore the challenges and possibilities of drawing on unfamiliar fields connected to food issues to enrich their courses or to develop a new course. 

The teaching circle will meet 2-3 times per semester over dinner to workshop a range of topics, including questions we're facing in our classrooms, ways our courses can cover cross-disciplinary materials with rigor and care, and developing discrete projects in our courses that illuminate course readings. The circle is open to anyone who has an interest in joining, whether you are teaching about food in your classes, want to develop a food-related component to an existing course, or want to create a new course. 

Participants:
Nancy Sternbach
Michelle Joffroy
Barbara Brehm-Curtis
Nola Reinhardt
Paul Wetzel
Ninian Stein
Liz Spelman
Joanne Benkley

Psychology Assessment
Patty DiBartolo (Psychology)

Measuring student learning is a daunting task.  What are the possible concerns and opportunities emerging from a department's attempts to capture student knowledge within its discipline?  This Teaching Circle includes faculty from the departments of Education and Psychology as well as staff from Institutional Research who are working to develop a tool assessing disciplinary knowledge, especially related to research methods, within Psychology student majors.  The pilot tool we created, and are continuing to hone, is an open-ended assessment that measures transfer and application of disciplinary knowledge aligned with our collective learning goals.  At our meetings, we discuss the complexities and promising directions of our work as we attempt to address the essential question of how best to measure what our students know.

Participants:

Lauren Duncan
Beth Powell
Bill Peterson
Al Rudnitsky
Minh Ly
Cate Rowen

Workshop Physics
Gary Felder (Physics)

Over the next two years Smith physics will be doing away with separate labs and lectures in introductory physics, moving to an integrated model where students go back and forth between doing experiments, discussing the results, and solving problems. We will discuss our plans for making this transition and the open questions we are still working on in that process.

Participants:

Nat Fortune
Joyce Fortune
Nalini Easwar
Doreen Weinberger
Courtney Lannert
Dana Parsons
Travis Norsen

Practice, Progress, Performance
Judith Gordon (Music)

This Teaching Circle will focus on how the Performing Arts are being and may best be taught in a Liberal Arts environment. It will include discussion of shared preoccupations in teaching what is both ineffable and attainable. It will explore how we transform what many students have done 'for fun' into a serious and nourishing part of their curriculum.

Multi-Disciplinary Discussions to Develop Inquiry Based Introductory Science Courses
Denise Lello

HHMI has funded Smith to develop three new inquiry-based introductory science courses. These courses are designed as an experiment to test a model that uses participation in authentic research to engage students in the sciences. All three courses are multidisciplinary. This teaching circle continues a Smith science community conversation about: the challenge of balancing knowledge acquisition with understanding process and the design of inquiry; ways to alter assessment to reflect the different skill set; ways to involve faculty from multiple departments and re-distribute teaching responsibilities; and the potential for integrating these courses with the existing curriculum and major requirements (e.g., in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Mathematics).

Participants:

Kevin Shea
Robert Merritt
Michael Barresi
Christophe Gole
Minh Ly
Kalina Dimova
Robert Newton
Craig Woodard
Lori Saunders
Kate Queeney
Nalini Easwar
L. David Smith

 

Fall 2012

Teaching Food and Sustainability
Lisa Armstrong (Study of Women & Gender)

As an interdisciplinary field about a familiar life necessity, teaching about food and food systems can open creative ways of learning about the social sciences, the sciences and the humanities. This teaching circle will allow participants to explore the challenges and possibilities of drawing on unfamiliar fields connected to food issues to enrich their courses or to develop a new course. 

The teaching circle will meet 2-3 times per semester over dinner to workshop a range of topics, including questions we're facing in our classrooms, ways our courses can cover cross-disciplinary materials with rigor and care, and developing discrete projects in our courses that illuminate course readings. The circle is open to anyone who has an interest in joining, whether you are teaching about food in your classes, want to develop a food-related component to an existing course, or want to create a new course. 

Psychology Assessment
Patty DiBartolo (Psychology)

Measuring student learning is a daunting task.  What are the possible concerns and opportunities emerging from a department's attempts to capture student knowledge within its discipline?  This Teaching Circle includes faculty from the departments of Education and Psychology as well as staff from Institutional Research who are working to develop a tool assessing disciplinary knowledge, especially related to research methods, within Psychology student majors.  The pilot tool we created, and are continuing to hone, is an open-ended assessment that measures transfer and application of disciplinary knowledge aligned with our collective learning goals.  At our meetings, we discuss the complexities and promising directions of our work as we attempt to address the essential question of how best to measure what our students know.

Workshop Physics
Gary Felder (Physics)

Over the next two years Smith physics will be doing away with separate labs and lectures in introductory physics, moving to an integrated model where students go back and forth between doing experiments, discussing the results, and solving problems. We will discuss our plans for making this transition and the open questions we are still working on in that process.

Design Thinking
Borjana Mikic (Engineering)

This group of faculty and staff from wide-ranging disciplines meets regularly to discuss the ways in which we develop 'design thinking' in our students; that is, the application of processes and methodologies associated with design to identifying, framing and solving problems (or creating experiences) in any domain or realm.

Practice, Progress, Performance
Judith Gordon (Music)

This Teaching Circle will focus on how the Performing Arts are being and may best be taught in a Liberal Arts environment. It will include discussion of shared preoccupations in teaching what is both ineffable and attainable. It will explore how we transform what many students have done 'for fun' into a serious and nourishing part of their curriculum.

Multi-Disciplinary Discussions to Develop Inquiry Based Introductory Science Courses
Donna Lello

HHMI has funded Smith to develop three new inquiry-based introductory science courses. These courses are designed as an experiment to test a model that uses participation in authentic research to engage students in the sciences. All three courses are multidisciplinary. This teaching circle continues a Smith science community conversation about: the challenge of balancing knowledge acquisition with understanding process and the design of inquiry; ways to alter assessment to reflect the different skill set; ways to involve faculty from multiple departments and re-distribute teaching responsibilities; and the potential for integrating these courses with the existing curriculum and major requirements (e.g., in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Mathematics).

 

Spring 2012

Knowledge Forum - Al Rudnitsky (Education & Child Study) & Glenn Ellis (Engineering)
The Knowledge Forum teaching circle consists of faculty who are exploring ways to incorporate student collaboration, extended discourse about ideas, and idea improvement into their courses. Many of the faculty are using Knowledge Forum, a web-based computer program that supports collaborative learning. How to use this tool effectively and assess its impact on learning in a wide variety of disciplines and types of courses is at the center of the teaching circle's work.

Participants:
Patricia DiBartolo
Kevin Shea
Lauren Duncan
Roisin O'Sullivan
Charles Staelin
Borjana Mikic
Bosiljka Glumac
Judith Cardell
Susan Voss
Elizabeth Jamieson
Floyd Cheung

Psychology Assessment - Patty DiBartolo (Psychology)
Measuring student learning is a daunting task.  What are the possible concerns and opportunities emerging from a department's attempts to capture student knowledge within its discipline?  This Teaching Circle includes faculty from the departments of Education and Psychology as well as staff from Institutional Research who are working to develop a tool assessing disciplinary knowledge, especially related to research methods, within Psychology student majors.  The pilot tool we created, and are continuing to hone, is an open-ended assessment that measures transfer and application of disciplinary knowledge aligned with our collective learning goals.  At our meetings, we discuss the complexities and promising directions of our work as we attempt to address the essential question of how best to measure what our students know.

Participants:
Minh Ly
Al Rudnitsky
Lauren Duncan
Beth Powell

Workshop Physics - Gary Felder (Physics)
Over the next two years Smith physics will be doing away with separate labs and lectures in introductory physics, moving to an integrated model where students go back and forth between doing experiments, discussing the results, and solving problems. We will discuss our plans for making this transition
and the open questions we are still working on in that process.

Participants:
Nat Fortune
Joyce Fortune
Doreen Weinberger
Nalini Easwar
Travis Norsen
Dana Parsons

Teaching from the Archives - Susan Van Dyne (Women & Gender Studies)
The teaching circle is meant for those who have used the archives before for courses and want to learn more, and for those who think they might want to, but suffer from archiveaphobia. We will share pedagogical strategies and resources on topics like these:

We will include (probably in a late afternoon meeting) a chance to browse collections the archivists have identified that might match your teaching interests.

Participants:
Martha Ackelsberg
Carrie Baker
Riche' Barnes
Maida Goodwin
Jina Kim
Pamela Petro
Sherrill Redmon
Andrea Stone
Nanci Young
Sujane Wu

 

Fall 2011

Knowledge Forum - Al Rudnitsky (Education & Child Study) & Glenn Ellis (Engineering)

Participants:
Patricia DiBartolo
Kevin Shea
Lauren Duncan
Roisin O'Sullivan
Charles Staelin
Borjana Mikic
Bosiljka Glumac
Judith Cardell
Susan Voss
Elizabeth Jamieson
Floyd Cheung

Psychology Assessment - Patty DiBartolo (Psychology)

Participants:
Minh Ly
Al Rudnitsky
Lauren Duncan
Bill Peterson
Beth Powell

Teaching from the Archives - Susan Van Dyne (Women & Gender Studies)

Participants:
Kelly Anderson
Andrea Stone
Chris Shelton
Helene Visentin
Janie Van Pee
Jennifer Hall-Witt
Joyce Follett
Justin Cammy
Lester Tome
Maida Goodwin
Michele Wick
Nanci Young
Rick Millington
Rosetta Cohen
Sara Eddy
Susan Etheredge
Vanessa Adel

Design Thinking - Borjana Mikic (Engineering)

Participants:
Susannah Howe
Drew Guswa
Ann Leone
Reid Bertone Johnson
Roger Bloom
Jim Middlebrook
Frazer Ward
Fraser Stables
Alex Keller
Eitan Mendelowitz
Susan Etheredge
Lynn Yamamoto
John Gibson
Nina Antonetti
Denise McKahn

Diversity - Dawn Fulton (French Studies)

Participants:
Daphne Lamothe
Riché Barnes
Rick Millington
Kevin Quashie
Lynne Yamamoto
Susan Levin
Donna Riley
Andrea Stone

Workshop Physics - Gary Felder (Physics)

Participants:
Nat Fortune
Joyce Fortune
Doreen Weinberger
Nalini Easwar
Travis Norsen
Dana Parsons

 

Spring 2011

Teaching from the Archives - Susan Van Dyne (Women & Gender Studies)

Diversity - Dawn Fulton (French Studies)

Design Thinking - Borjana Mikic (Engineering)

 

Fall 2010

Teaching from the Archives - Susan Van Dyne (Women & Gender Studies)

Diversity - Dawn Fulton (French Studies)

Foreign Languages - Abdelkader Berrahmoun (Middle East Studies)